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South African Airways

South African Airways
AirlineSouth African Airways
Airline hubOR Tambo International Airport
Focus citiesCape Town International Airport
Frequent-flyer programVoyager
Member lounge
* Cycad First Class Lounge * Baobab Premium Class Lounge
AllianceStar Alliance
Fleet size56
Parent companyGovernment of South Africa
HeadquartersOR Tambo International Airport
Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa
Key people
* Cheryl Carolus (Chairperson)  * Siza Mzimela (CEO) * Kaushik Patel (CFO)
Revenue(-)R21,185 million (2009/10 FY
Operating income(+)R636 million (2009/10 FY
Profit(+)R697 million (2009/10 FY
Total assets(-)R14,044 million (2009/10 FY

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South African Airways (SAA) is the national flag carrier and largest airline of South Africa, with headquarters in Airways Park on the grounds of OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. The airline flies to 36 destinations worldwide from its hub at OR Tambo International Airport, using a fleet of 59 aircraft. The airline is headed by CEO Siza Mzimela and CFO Kaushik Patel.

South African Airways was founded in 1934 after the acquisition of Union Airways by the South African government. The airline was initially overseen and controlled by South African Railways and Harbours Administration. It suffered imposed sanctions by Africa countries during apartheid, which forced it to adopt long-range aircraft and other measures to counter these restrictions. During this time, it was also known by its Afrikaans name, 'Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens (SAL)', which has been dropped. In 1997 a major overhaul programme, which involved changing of name, image and aircraft livery, as well as the introduction of online ticketing services, was carried out by the company's board. The carrier has since joined airline alliance Star Alliance, and replaced its fleet with newer aircraft. In 2006, SAA split from Transnet, its parent company, to operate as an independent airline.

SAA is ranked as a 4-star airline by the independent research consultancy firm Skytrax. It is the official airline of the Association of Tennis Professionals. SAA owns Mango, a domestic airline, and has established links with Airlink and South African Express.

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